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Leon Fleischer, piano: 'Two Hands' - Works of Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Debussy and Schubert

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 20
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50/3, CT. 82
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Reissue of the legendary 2004 album from American pianist Leon Fleisher. His first recording with two hands since a debilitating illness in the 1960s. Featuring music from JS Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Debussy and Schubert.

Sony classical is proud to re-issue American pianist's Leon Fleisher's legendary album Two Hands. This was the first 'two-handed' recording Leon Fleisher had made since the 1960s when he lost the use of his right hand due to an ailment eventually diagnosed as focal dystopia. The recording was released in 2004 (on Vanguard Classics) to huge critical acclaim. Leon Fleischer was a child prodigy who became Artur Schnabel's youngest student at the age of ten, thus continuing a long line of piano tradition reaching back to Beethoven himself. Fleischer is currently experiencing a welcome revival both in the recording studio and on the concert platform.

Gramophone Magazine
This disc is a minor miracle.

The Guardian
This disc is a minor miracle. Leon Fleisher (born in 1929) was one of the most promising pianists of the 1950s, a formidable artist who had recorded many of the major concertos with George Szell in Cleveland, before a neurological condition that affected his right hand, dystonia, made performing impossible. For more than three decades he concentrated on teaching and conducting, but then a course of Botox therapy restored the use of his hand and, astonishingly, he began to play again. The results are here - wonderfully rounded performances of two Bach transcriptions, dark-hued Chopin and an autumnally tinted account of Schubert's final sonata that is full of natural integrity. A wonderful document of a brave and very fine musician.

The Independent
One of the outstanding musicians of our time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY (06/04/2004-06/06/2004).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY (06/04/2004-06/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 20 :: Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY (06/04/2004-06/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
  • Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY (06/04/2004-06/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50/3, CT. 82
  • Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY (06/04/2004-06/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
  • Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY (06/04/2004-06/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY (06/04/2004-06/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
  • Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY (06/04/2004-06/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828